Matthew 28:6- He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
One Easter morning we had planned a short testimonal service where those that wanted to participate in the service could hold up a small poster board with a phrase or word of what the Lord Jesus had done for them in their life. We passed out black markers and small poster board paper amongst the crowd before the service began. After the song service had ended, our chosen singers began to sing songs about Jesus. One by one people began to walk to the front of the church holding up their poster board for all to see before returning to their seats. What we thought would be a quick presentation became longer and longer. People held up signs saying different things. One held up a sign how Jesus saved them. Another held up a sign how Jesus delivered them from death by healing their sickness. Another held up a sign how Jesus helped them go through a terrible divorce and give them a new partner in life.
The service that was suppose to be quick became one of the most powerful, heart-felt services I have ever seen. Where I thought only a few people would participate became almost the whole congregation. Then after taking a while, the preacher told the congregation how he decided to change his message that day. From preaching from his planned sermon, he began to ask people who had held the poster boards, to stand while he read what they had written. Tears began to fill faces and God’s presence was felt everywhere. The preacher began to say how Jesus was alive. How he had changed so many people’s lives. Jesus wasn’t a dead Savior but an alive one. He had saved people from death; healed the sick, helped people out of financial burdens and so he had changed many many people’s lives.
Until we realize that Jesus is still ALIVE, we cannot fully comprehend that he is able to save others from death. He is not in the grave. He is not only in Heaven but amongst each and everyone of us. He hears our prayers, cares about our sorrows, heals our diseases and he has sacrificed his own life on the cross for each and everyone. He is Alive. Death could not hold him. Romans 6:9 says: Romans 6:9-Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Romans 6:4-Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Philippians 2:8-And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Acts 2:22-24-Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
2 Timothy 1:10-But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
1 Peter 3:18-For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Revelation 1:18-I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.